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'A' “SPURGEON” STORY. . Here is a touching story of John B. Gough and Spurgeon ; "John B. Gough was visiting the Orphanage in company with Spurgeon, and after they returned to the office Spurgeon asked to be excused. Gough objected, and a-skod where he was going. He received an evasive reply, and declared his purpose to follow Spurgeon unless specifically informed that he must not. Together they entered the Infirmary, and Mr Spurgeon was soon at the side of a little consumptive, who, as soon as he saw who it was, lifted a face full of smiles and tears, and Began to thank him for the canary bird which chirped in the cage above his head. Spurgeon listened as the child told out his joy, and'finally said ; I sent the bird to sing for you until you hear the angels singing.’ The boy caught his gracious meaning and lay trembling and silent. Spurgeon folded his arms about him, came to hia knees, and prayed that God would prepare the boy to hear the angola sing. As he rose to his feet he gave the invalid a kiss, pressed his hand, and went out.’’ * CONCERNING SERMONS. Interviewed by a Dominion reporter in Wellington, the Rev. P. W. Fairdough thought that the amount of preparation needful for a sermon all depended on a man’s age and reading habits. With a suggestive subject one, might do with half an hour’s preparation as well as with a week’s. Careful preparation led, no doubt, to a more dignified phrasing, but there was always danger of incurring stillness. It is thought to be the best thing,” Mr Fairclough added, v to prepare one of the two sermons very carefully, and let the other be as nearly extemporary as possible, in this way keeping up both habits of mind. As a general rule, a man’s morning sermon, which he pleaches to a small number of thoughtful people, is the best. The evening service attracts more people, and it is more advertised, but usually the sermon is inferior to that given in the morning.”- As a general rule, Mr Fairdough does his direct preparation either on Saturday night or Sunday morning. "Yes, I use notes, ’•’■ he added,, "though sometimes you may have a sort of pocket pistol that goes off without any assistance.’^

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SUNDAY AT HOME, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907

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SUNDAY AT HOME Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 27, 26 October 1907